Film review: Skin

Skin is a wonderful British/South African film made in 2008. It focuses on the huge complexities of being born mixed race to white parents in South Africa during the apartheid era and is based on the true story of Sandra Laing.

Skin-poster-246x300The fortunes of the main character do not make for happy reading; she is rejected by both black and white communities and ultimately by her parents themselves, though there is in the end a reconciliation with the mother.

Sandra’s only friends for much of the time are her children. The boy and girl are fathered by Sandra’s black husband with whom she falls very much in love at a very young age, but who treats her shamefully and violently, such that she takes the hugely courageous step of leaving him, walking away with literally nothing.

There is hope at the end of the Skin mainly due to the incredible strength of Sandra’s spirit, which is absolutely humbling. Not a blockbuster, but a film absolutely not to be missed.

Carolyn Lazarus

About Carolyn Lazarus

This is the author biography the late, great Carolyn Lazarus (1960-2015), founder of totally4women wrote for herself. Her words are typically self-effacing and humorous... 'Well at 50 I looked 40 and at 54 I look 99...someone explain that to me if they would. In addition I am, allegedly, a woman with little or indeed no sense of chic. Shy by nature or nurture it is difficult to say but it is what I am at heart. When I was 14 my mum bought me, “The Shy Person's Book" ...if you are a shy person this can be a difficult title to deal with every morning when you pass by your bookshelf. I like to run, nothing funny to say about this, it's just what I like to do. So that's me in a nutshell. It remains to say that I love my husband (long - suffering), my children (totally bored) and my parents (concerned).'